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Old 06-07-2007, 03:33 PM   #1
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Just bought a 1983, 31 ft., Sovereign. We will be living in this unit until our home is built. The power company has a 2 month delay in setting up our temporary power pole.

Can I get feedback on generators? Are they really noisy? I have a small tobacco shack w/ plenty of circulating air but yet enclosed enough to keep one dry. Thought to put one inside for ease of filling/starting, and of course noise reduction.

What size is recommended? A/C is the biggie here in NC. Is it cheaper to run the fridge and hot water on propane or figure it into the electric?

Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:53 PM   #2
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One idea may be to buy a home backup type unit, use it as a supply until the power company is done, then install with your new home as a back up supply. Check Lowes or Home Depot, they sell these units with the required transfer switch at decent prices.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:04 PM   #3
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Yes to buying a home back up type system. By backup I mean something around 3,500 to 4,000 watts. That will do your AS very well. Also consider propane or natural gas if either can be made available on the property. Gasoline will become a headache in short order.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:16 PM   #4
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How long term will you run it? Fuel economy and noise will be big issues if you are going to live off the gen set for two months. I have survived for 6 weeks of misery after a storm. This was using a 6500 watt Yamaha. You have to refill the 6 gal. tank twice a day! Propane is easer but a little more expensive and you are subject to delivery. A diesel on a trailer with a large fuel tank would be your most efficient but may also be the most expensive. The diesel will hold its value and you could resell it when you are done. It would also provide power for construction needs. You may also look at oil change intervals. I think my Yamaha required a change every day or two. You will also want a low oil automatic shut off. Check out all the issues you don't want to buy two! Also think about how you will transport the fuel.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:28 PM   #5
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Now looking at a 6500 Watt Silent Diesel Generator
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Any one try something like this?
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:50 PM   #7
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I would suspect that it is a Chinese made gen set. If it gets you through your time frame thats all that matters. try and talk to others that have bought and used them for extended time frames. I know a couple people that bought inexpensive gen sets including diesel and they did not hold up. (cracked engine cases) I think that the Honda, Yamaha etc. that price out two or three times that much may actually turn out to be better values in the end.
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Sounds like you are talking 24/7 usage. That being the case I'd recomend a propane powered unit. Refueling twice a day or more will be a big PIA. Transportation and storage of fuel etc.

Most propane compans bring out a huge house sized tank and come out and refill it for you too. When the house is completed you can use it for your household needs.

Lastly go high quality. You'll save money and grief in the long run.
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The Honda 3000 with electric stater is quiet, although it weighs quiet a bit (140lbs) I think it puts out about 2900 watts..but it is quiet! Good luck!
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Sounds like you are talking 24/7 usage. That being the case I'd recomend a propane powered unit. Refueling twice a day or more will be a big PIA. Transportation and storage of fuel etc.

Most propane compans bring out a huge house sized tank and come out and refill it for you too. When the house is completed you can use it for your household needs.

Lastly go high quality. You'll save money and grief in the long run.
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I have a Honda 3000 and it is great for my trailer, but no way would I attempt to run my house on it for 2 months.
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Just bought a 1983, 31 ft., Sovereign. We will be living in this unit until our home is built. The power company has a 2 month delay in setting up our temporary power pole.

Can I get feedback on generators? Are they really noisy? I have a small tobacco shack w/ plenty of circulating air but yet enclosed enough to keep one dry. Thought to put one inside for ease of filling/starting, and of course noise reduction.

What size is recommended? A/C is the biggie here in NC. Is it cheaper to run the fridge and hot water on propane or figure it into the electric?

Any info would be appreciated.
Both Yamaha and Honda make a 3000 watt gen set that will be more than enough for your Airstream, and you can buy the Yamaha LP ready from US Carb, as many here have done. They are NOT large enough to run your house, especially if you factor in your air conditioning requirements.

I have an Onan 7000 watt gen for the house that I converted to LP as a back-up power source for Hurricane duty, and it STILL is not large enough to do the A/C AND the house, so we use most of the house circuits and a portable room A/C. Works great! You will need a transfer switch for the house when the time comes.

For a whole house back-up, you need AT LEAST 12,000-14,000 watts! Look at the Guardian series made by Generac. They run quietly, are LP ready and can be had at some Home Depots and from Northern Tool.

I would stay away from anything Chinese at this point. Parts and durability are problems. Diesels are your best bet for extended running, but are far higher in original purchase price than a comperable LP unit. I would not use a gasoline powered generator if you gave me one! Plus, you can get a 250-400 gallon LP tank from your gas company that will run your gen for weeks!
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US Carb?

Can you elaborate on US Carb? Cannot find site.

very helpful info...thanks!
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Can you elaborate on US Carb? Cannot find site.

very helpful info...thanks!
Try this: Yamaha Propane and Natural Gas Generators
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